Dumbbell incline bench press

USED IN: Fat-Loss I; Hypertrophy I; Hypertrophy II (palms facing each other); Strength II (normal grip)

SAME AS ABOVE, EXCEPT ... Set the bench on an incline of about 30 to 45 degrees. (The angle is steeper than it was on the barbell bench press because dumbbells are easier on your shoulders.) In Hypertrophy II, you'll turn your palms in toward each other. That'll bring your elbows in closer to your torso, which should activate your triceps and front deltoids a bit more and your chest a bit less.

Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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